Staying Positive: Action Strategies to Help Caregivers Stay Positive

Written by: Mary Brintnall-Peterson, Ph.D., MBP Consulting, LLC, Professor Emeritus, UW-Extension & Caregiver. (Third article in a four-part series on staying positive as a caregiver.) Since every caregiver will experience stress sometime in their caregiver journey and the realization of the need for caregivers to be positive to stay healthy a four-part series, staying positive… Continue Reading Staying Positive: Action Strategies to Help Caregivers Stay Positive

What Financial Practitioners Need to Know About Food Insecurity

By Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, AFC® boneill@njaes.rutgers.edu The term “food insecurity” is defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as “a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle.” While food insecurity is related to hunger (i.e., many food insecure people go hungry), it is a different concept. Feeding America… Continue Reading What Financial Practitioners Need to Know About Food Insecurity

Resource Discovery: Disaster Preparedness Resources for Military Families

Military service members and their families face many challenges related to deployments, frequent moves, family transitions, spouses changing jobs, and kids changing schools. It is all part of the “normal” family lifecycle of a military family. However, what happens when that normal lifecycle is interrupted due to added stress and turmoil of a natural disaster… Continue Reading Resource Discovery: Disaster Preparedness Resources for Military Families

Centers for Independent Living: Preparing Parents & Caregivers

Pt. 2 Vlog Series: Centers for Independent Living – Transitioning to Adulthood. Centers for Independent Living (CILs) are community-based centers that are run by and for people with disabilities and offer a broad range of services to empower and enable people to stay in the community (ACL, 2020). Watch and listen as video blog (vlog) host,… Continue Reading Centers for Independent Living: Preparing Parents & Caregivers

Early Childhood Drop off and Pick-up Procedures during a Pandemic

by Crystal Williams, Ed.M. Across the country preschools and childcare centers are working to serve children while also managing the risks of spreading COVID-19. Many centers have adjusted their drop-off and pick-up procedures to minimize exposure. Some programs require families to stay in the car while a staff member helps the child in and out… Continue Reading Early Childhood Drop off and Pick-up Procedures during a Pandemic

Preparing Military Families for Natural Disasters by Utilizing Resiliency Skills

By: Jennifer Rea, PhD. The first hurricane I experienced was when my husband and I were stationed in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Growing up in the Midwest, hurricanes were not the natural disaster to worry about. Instead, we prepared for tornadoes. Due to our unfamiliarity with hurricanes, my husband I were totally unprepared for the upcoming… Continue Reading Preparing Military Families for Natural Disasters by Utilizing Resiliency Skills

How to Teach Nutrition to Someone with Low Nutrition Literacy

By: Haley Singer, Undergraduate Student in Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. What is Nutrition Literacy? Nutrition education is important to prevent disease and to not only increase longevity but the quality of life. One major obstacle to educating military families about good nutrition practices is nutrition literacy. Nutrition Literacy… Continue Reading How to Teach Nutrition to Someone with Low Nutrition Literacy

Building Relationships with Children’s Families Can Make a Big Difference

by Jessica Hardy, Ph.D. and Alana Schnitz, Ph.D. Do you want to build stronger relationships with families?  Do you struggle to have conversations with families around sensitive or difficult topics?  Do you need ideas for how to meaningfully involve families in early childhood? If so, plan to join the MFLN Family Development Early intervention webinar… Continue Reading Building Relationships with Children’s Families Can Make a Big Difference